Tilt the scales: The industry struggles to appeal to the growing number of overweight individuals

Over the five years to 2017, the Weight Loss Services industry has struggled to appeal to the growing number of overweight or obese individuals, in part due to external competition, namely from healthcare providers. However, the industry has benefited from robust demand for its meal replacement products, which typically appeal to time-strapped consumers due to convenience. Further strengthening demand, some health-conscious consumers have also used meal replacements and vitamins to supplement their nutritional intake, providing a new customer base for the industry. Over the five years to 2022, continued sales of such products, as well as a burgeoning elderly population and increasingly health-conscious population, will help the industry return to a rate of growth...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry has benefited from robust demand for its meal replacement products
  • A low level of external competition has characterized the industry’s landscape
  • External competition will increase as more individuals are expected to receive weight loss surgery
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Weight Loss Services industry is characterized by low capital intensity. In 2017, for every dollar spent on labour, the industry is expected to incur $0.11 in capital expenditures. Overall, the capital requirements necessary to start a weight loss company are relatively low, due to weight loss companies typically investing in a central location. To lower capital costs, some weight loss companies have operated strictly online, thereby providing online weight loss counselling services and delivering meal replacement plans to consumers' homes. Additionally, weight loss companies may need to invest in software, computers, scales and exercise equipment for client use.Comparatively, wages are expected to absorb 41.5% of industry revenue. Man...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Weight Loss Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Weight Loss Services Industry are

  • Ability to provide goods/services in diverse locations
  • Receiving the benefit of word of mouth recommendation
  • Undertaking technical research and development
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and Total health expenditure in the Weight Loss Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Weight Loss Services Industry?

    This industry provides nonmedical services to help clients lose weight or maintain a desired weight. Services include counselling, menu and exercise planning and weight and body measurement monitoring. Industry operators also sell food supplements and other weight reduction products. This industry does not include fitness centres, health resorts or medical weight education services.

    Industry Products
  • Food supplements
  • Nonmedical weight loss programs for adults aged 18 to 34
  • Nonmedical weight loss programs for adults aged 35 to 44
  • Nonmedical weight loss programs for adults aged 45 to 64
  • Nonmedical weight loss programs for adults aged 65 and older
  • Nonmedical diet management services
  • Industry Activities
  • Operating nonmedical weight loss centres
  • Individual or group counselling for weight loss
  • Diet workshops
  • Selling food supplements and other weight reduction products
  • Menu and exercise planning
  • Weight and body measurement
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Total health expenditure
  • Demand from general medical and surgical hospitals
  • National unemployment rate

  • Current Performance
  • Industry landscape
  • Expanding customer base
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • External competition
  • Enterprises and employment
  • Table: Weight Loss Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Weight Loss Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Advertising Agencies in Canada
  • Couriers & Local Delivery Services in Canada
  • Frozen Food Production in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Nonmedical weight loss programs for adults aged 18 to 34
  • Nonmedical weight loss programs for adults aged 45 to 64
  • Nonmedical weight loss programs for adults aged 65 and older
  • Nonmedical weight loss programs for adults aged 35 to 44
  • Nonmedical diet management services
  • Food supplements
  • Chart: Weight Loss Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Individuals aged 45 to 64
  • Individuals aged 18 to 34
  • Individuals aged 65 and over
  • Individuals aged 35 to 44
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Weight Loss Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Rent and utilities
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Weight Loss Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Weight Loss Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
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  • Table: Weight Watchers International Inc. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Weight Loss Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Weight Loss Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Per capita disposable income (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Body Mass Index (Bmi)
  • A measure of body weight based on a person's weight and height, which is used to estimate a healthy body weight.
  • Gastric Balloon Procedure
  • A doughnut-shaped inflatable polyurethane cylinder designed to decrease stomach volume and help lower hunger.
  • Gastric Bypass
  • Surgery that lowers the patient's stomach size, helping obese patients restrict their food intake.
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